“I was hooked from Day One.” Karly Zrake ’18

SMU News Originally Posted: May 8, 2018 Karly Zrake’s degrees will fulfill her lifelong dream to “be the change you want to see in the world.” Karly Zrake came to SMU from her home in San Diego four years ago for one reason: SMU is one of only a handful of universities that offer an undergraduate degree in human rights. She was already discovering her life’s passion at age 7, when the second-grader and her mother developed an educationally enriching program for students with special needs. By eighth grade, Karly was raising money that would allow students with special needs to attend therapeutic music camps. And by high school, she was campaigning against bullying. When Karly collects B.A. degrees in human rights and anthropology from [...]

By | 2018-05-08T10:36:47+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events|Comments Off on “I was hooked from Day One.” Karly Zrake ’18

Dallas To Build Memorial To Lynching Of Allen Brooks

CBS DFW Originally Posted: April 26, 2017 DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The noon hour along Dallas’ Main Street Thursday afternoon resembled the images of pedestrian hustle and bustle normally seen on the sidewalks of Manhattan or Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. Large crowds of dog walking residents, joggers, tourists and Central Business District workers fill the walkways of Dallas’ center. “It’s really growing,” Gerald Britt shared, as he stood at a crosswalk at Main and Akard. Britt is part of a coalition of Dallas leaders who’ve urged the Dallas City Council to mark and recognize history at the Main and Akard intersection, albeit, violent and tragic history. “There were people here with wives, kids, and grandparents watching and approving the lynching of a Allen Brooks right here. He [...]

By | 2018-04-27T08:14:00+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Dallas To Build Memorial To Lynching Of Allen Brooks

Dedman College Student Athlete Learning to Make Difference for Human Rights

SMU Mustang Athletics Originally Posted: April 6, 2018 Sophomore human rights major and track star, India Simmons is making a difference both locally and abroad!  For SMU track and field athlete India Simmons, a passion of hers was kindled early in life. Her grandmother, an avid reader, would often read books on human right's topics such as the Holocaust. Naturally, those books found their way into Simmons' hands. From there, Simmons' desire to work for others has only grown stronger. "My grandmother loved to read. When I was in elementary school, (those books) were my first knowledge of human rights," Simmons said. "When I got older, the experiences I had with race or gender made me mad. I always wanted to do something about it to [...]

By | 2018-04-13T06:19:52+00:00 April 13th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Dedman College Student Athlete Learning to Make Difference for Human Rights

North Texas Student Creates App to Prevent Texting While Driving

NBC5 Originally Posted: April 8, 2018 A Carrollton woman studying at Southern Methodist University created an app in hopes of reducing the amount of people texting while driving. “Just Drive” was created by Neha Husein, a junior at SMU. Husein was rear ended by a driver who was texting a few years ago and began a search to find a way to prevent accidents like hers from happening to others. “Ever since then I’m so paranoid when I drive. I just constantly feel like people are texting, and I am going to get bumped into because people aren’t paying attention,” Husein said. She decided to make the “Just Drive” app while doing a class project when she was studying abroad in South Africa. WATCH

By | 2018-04-10T09:55:34+00:00 April 8th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on North Texas Student Creates App to Prevent Texting While Driving

Dallas Doing Good: Tiffany Jelke: In Their Own Voices

Dallas Doing Good Originally Posted: March 26, 2018 "There are good people everywhere." Tiffany Jelke didn't waver in her declaration. It was a truth that she had seen, lived, and heard. But that truth wasn't easily earned. As a child, Tiffany's mother brought her on global adventures, visiting cities in Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. Interacting with people from so many different cultures broadened Tiffany's worldview. Her interest in people led to beginning her college career as a Psychology major at Texas Christian University in the early 90's. But rather than finishing her degree, Tiffany earned a certification from the American Institute of Commerce. This move opened doors for Tiffany at EDS, the one-time tech giant started by Ross Perot. Tiffany funneled her love for [...]

By | 2018-03-30T07:38:53+00:00 March 30th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Graduate News|Comments Off on Dallas Doing Good: Tiffany Jelke: In Their Own Voices

Watch: SMU Alumnus Kelvin Beachum honored his former mentor with a gift a $100,000 dollars to the annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage

SMU News Originally Posted: March 14, 2018 SMU alum Kelvin Beachum honored his former mentor Dennis Simon with a gift of $100,000 to the university to help fund the annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage. The trip has been renamed the Dennis Simon Endowed Civil Rights Pilgrimage as a tribute to the political science professor who guided the pilgrimage from 2008 to 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEx0UYxb_FQ    

By | 2018-03-21T07:58:02+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Graduate News|Comments Off on Watch: SMU Alumnus Kelvin Beachum honored his former mentor with a gift a $100,000 dollars to the annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Support Dedman College TODAY: Mustangs Give Back

On March 8, Mustangs around the world—alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty and staff—will come together for Mustangs Give Back, a 24-hour online fundraising event. Support the schools, programs, and causes that are important to you, help them earn matching funds, and foster achievement in research, scholarship, art and athletics. Learn more: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/. Below is a list of Dedman College projects. Thank you for your support. Bring an International Film Festival to campus: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/bring-a-little-of-cannes-to-the-hilltop-2018/ Help an SMU sociology student apply classroom knowledge and meet community needs: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/sociology-at-work-in-the-community/ Help create the new DataFest hackathon: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/help-create-the-new-datafest-hackathon/ Send five math majors to an annual applied mathematics conference at LSU this fall: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/research-101-mini-grants-for-undergraduates-copy/ Help fund student-run health and well-being programs in Dallas: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/create-change-for-communities-in-need/ Provide a scanning station for SMU’s Archaeology Research Collections: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/enhancing-smus-home-for-archaeological-collections/ Research 101: Mini-grants [...]

HillTopics: Robots are Coming for Our Jobs. Thank God.

HillTopics Originally Posted: February 21, 2018 I’m a Junior in Dedman College, so people are already asking me those pesky, stereotypical end-of-college questions like “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” and “What are you going to do with an English degree?” and, essentially, “How are you going to get a job and support yourself and not be homeless and starving in 3 months?” Often, if my questioner is older I get, “Aren’t you afraid the robots are going to take all the jobs?” I’ve started responding “God, I hope so.” I should explain: I truly love my work. Law is a beautiful thing to me, and I would be perfectly happy to work in it until the day I die. Additionally, my wish [...]

By | 2018-02-22T10:10:49+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on HillTopics: Robots are Coming for Our Jobs. Thank God.

John Kalkanli on the Power of SMU Human Rights’ “Holocaust Poland” Trip

SMU News Originally Posted: January 27, 2018 https://vimeo.com/253085236   Learn how SMU student John Kalkanli’s visual impairment made his Embrey Human Rights Program "Holocaust Poland" trip all the more powerful – and inspired his current efforts to ensure support for the Americans With Disabilities Act. Find out more about Kalkanli by visiting https://www.smu.edu/News/2016/commencement-09may2016/John-Kalkanli. And for details about SMU's immersive two-week Holocaust education trip – focus of the new book "No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland" – visit https://www.smu.edu/norestingplace.  

By | 2018-01-29T09:47:47+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Graduate News|Comments Off on John Kalkanli on the Power of SMU Human Rights’ “Holocaust Poland” Trip

DACA beneficiary and Dedman College alum Jose Santoyo is lobbying D.C. lawmakers to quickly protect U.S. Dreamers

WFAA Originally Posted: January 21, 2018 DACA recipient Jose Santoyo, an SMU graduate who spoke at the December 2016 Commencement about immigrants such as himself, has been lobbying Congress to pass legislation addressing immigrants, particularly beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He was interviewed for this story. WATCH

By | 2018-01-23T17:39:50+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Graduate News|Comments Off on DACA beneficiary and Dedman College alum Jose Santoyo is lobbying D.C. lawmakers to quickly protect U.S. Dreamers
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